U of M Men - Toeing the Line #7: at Big Ten Championships
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Sunday, Nov. 1 -- at Big Ten Championships (Chicago, Ill.), 10:45 a.m. CST
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The fifth-ranked University of Michigan men's cross country team is primed and ready for the 2015 postseason, beginning with Sunday's (Nov. 1) Big Ten Championships. The 8,000-meter race for the conference crown will be run at the Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course in Chicago, Illinois.
On the shores of Lake Michigan, the Maize and Blue will seek its first Big Ten title since 1998. The postseason lineup includes co-captains Mason Ferlic and Ben Flanagan and returners from the 2014 Big Tens squad in Aaron Baumgarten, Micah Beller, August Pappas, Nick Posada and Tony Smoragiewicz. Both Connor Mora and Nick Renberg will see their first Big Ten Championships action.
Conference foes from No. 19 Michigan State, No. 27 Wisconsin and No. 28 Indiana will be among the 108 athletes competing from 12 Big Ten programs.
Nestled between Lake Shore Drive and the shores of Lake Michigan, Sydney Marovitz Golf Couse offers unparalleled views of the lake, Montrose Harbor and the Chicago skyline. The course's mature trees, undulating landscape and waterfront location will challenge some of the nation's best collegiate distance runners. The starting point for the 8K course will begin and end just north of the clubhouse and Clock Tower Café.
The meet will be broadcast on tape-delay on the Big Ten Network on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. CST.
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THINGS TO KNOW
• The Maize and Blue enters the postseason with an undefeated record against the Great Lakes Region (5-0), per the USTFCCCA, and a 52-3 record overall in scored meets this season.
• Michigan's No. 5 ranking in the latest edition of the USTFCCCA Coaches' Poll is the program's best since 2003.
Aside from being the best to date under second-year head coach Kevin Sullivan, it marks the first time since the 2004 season that both the men's and women's programs are both ranked in the top 5, with Coach Mike McGuire's women at No. 2.
• The 8,000-meter distance this weekend will be familiar for the Wolverines. The team ran four of six regular-season meets at or near 8K length.
• U-M placed third in its last scored meet at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational two weekends ago (Oct. 16), topping 15 ranked programs, including three top-seven schools. The site of that meet, the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wisconsin, will also play host for the 2015 NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship.
• Fifth-year senior co-captain Mason Ferlic won Big Ten and USTFCCCA Athlete of the Week honors earlier this month his individual title at the Greater Louisville Classic (Oct. 3). Ferlic clocked 23:51.52 in the 8K race for the win, marking his return to action with the varsity lineup after extended track and summer seasons.
• Ferlic is ranked No. 18 in the latest edition of the Flo50 rankings. He has led U-M in the last 15 races in which he has competed, including every postseason for the last two seasons.
• Behind a two-time conference honoree in Ferlic (2014 first team; 2013 second team), U-M has a steady group of interchangeable pieces. Four Wolverines in the lineup set new 8K PRs this fall, with four others having set their collegiate-best times at last year's Big Ten Championships.
Top Returning Times at from the 2014 Big Ten Championships
Mason Ferlic 23:41.3
Ben Flanagan 23:58.8
Tony Smoragiewicz 24:04.9
Aaron Baumgarten 24:06.9
August Pappas 24:19.2
Nick Posada 24:44.6
Micah Beller 25:21.5
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Friday, Nov. 13 -- at NCAA Great Lakes Regional (Madison, Wis.), Noon CST
Saturday, Nov. 21 -- at NCAA Championships (Louisville, Ky.), 1 p.m.
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